Stewart likes what he sees at A&M

With more than 100 prospects in town for the Maroon and White game last weekend, there were several from out of state. One of those includes Shreveport (LA) native Jonathan Stewart. Find out what he had to say about his trip and his first impression of Texas A&M and first year head coach Mike Sherman and his staff.

Not only did last weekend's Texas A&M spring game attract nearly 100 prospects from the state of Texas, but recruits from New Jersey, Louisiana, and South Carolina found their way to College Station for the festivities as well. One of those out-of-state players who made the trip to Aggieland was Shreveport Byrd linebacker Jonathan Stewart, who had recently received an offer from the Texas A&M coaching staff. What did he think of his first trip to Texas A&M?

"It was real nice. I could sense that the fans were really supportive and into the team," Stewart said. "The facilities were very impressive. I knew the stadium held a lot of people, but I didn't realize how big it was especially on three sides. It was huge."

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker and his dad had a chance to meet all of the coaches, including head coach Mike Sherman. He was also impressed with new defensive coordinator Joe Kines who would also serve as his position coach if he chooses to attend Texas A&M.

"My dad and I had a chance to spend some time with Coach Sherman. He knows his stuff," Stewart said. "We also met with Coach Kines and talked about the defense. I liked what I saw from the defense. He's a very experienced defensive coordinator and has been a coach for 40 years."

So what did the coaching staff say about Stewart's ability and why they want to see him playing in maroon in two seasons?

"They said they really liked my combination of size, speed, and strength," Stewart said. "They like my ability to use my speed to make plays sideline-to-sideline. They say I'm a playmaker, and they need to add more playmakers to the defense."

Overall, how does Stewart rate his trip to College Station? Given that this was his first visit to Texas A&M, did it meet his expectations?

"It was a great weekend. Everything was impressive and I had a good time," Stewart said. "I'd definitely say it exceeded my expectations. I'm glad I made the trip."

While Stewart enjoyed his weekend, he says it's too early in the recruiting process to start naming leaders. With offers from Arizona, Michigan State, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Duke, SMU, and Texas A&M, he wants to see more campuses before naming a leader, much less make a decision.

"It's still early, and I'm still open to everyone right now," Stewart said. "I liked Texas A&M, but I'm going to keep everybody even until I do more research. At this point, everybody is my No. 1."

With spring practice starting up this week and many graduation functions approaching in May, Stewart isn't sure when he'll get back to the recruiting process and visiting schools. It likely won't be until the summer.

"I don't have any other visits planned at this time," Stewart said. "I won't have time to go anywhere now that spring practice has started, and then there is the prom and graduation. Hopefully, I can start scheduling some trips for the summer."

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